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Pirates Andrew McCutchen Set To Return

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Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder is set to return from the disabled list when he is first eligible on Tuesday. McCutchen took live batting practice on Monday, after which he said that he was, “good to ” when his opportunity came to be removed from the disabled list.

Last year’s NL MVP was hitting .311, with 17 homer runs and 67 RBIs in 109 games before being sent to the DL with what was a somewhat rare injury to his ribs and oblique, suffered during a swing.

When McCutchen was taking batting practice against a pirates farmhand, at PNC Park Monday before the Pirates game with the Atlanta Braves, he wore padding over his ribs.

According to McCutchen, the purpose of the batting practice session was to, “basically reassurance there that I can go out face some live pitching, get my swing ready for the games.”

McCutchen injured himself while taking a swing in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 3rd. McCutchen was not placed on the disabled list until August 11th after going a full week without playing.

The return of Andrew McCitchen to the lineup is a positive for the Pirates to be sure, as the look to try and make a late season surge into the playoffs. The Pirates currently sit 6 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central division, and find themselves a mere 2 games back of the San Francisco Giants for the 2nd wild card spot in the NL.

The addition of a bat with the potency of McCutchen’s as well as his leadership in the clubhouse will be extremely valuable as the Pirates try to make the playoffs for the 2nd straight year after posting 20 consecutive losing seasons before finally breaking the streak last season.

 

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